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Re: last movie you watched

Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:14 pm

Went to see the monument men last night at the cinema and i really enjoyed it.it will not be a movie for everyone i could see how some people may find it boring if they dont have any interest in WW2.it does have its flaws but over all its a good movie.now im looking forward to seeing the book thief and Stalingrad !!!

Re: last movie you watched

Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:39 pm

rocknroller wrote:Went to see the monument men last night at the cinema and i really enjoyed it.it will not be a movie for everyone i could see how some people may find it boring if they dont have any interest in WW2.it does have its flaws but over all its a good movie.now im looking forward to seeing the book thief and Stalingrad !!!


I also found The Monument Men to be very flawed, but not unlikeable given the personality of the lead actors and Clooney's eye for composition. The costumes and set design also worked on me and evoked movies of a similar kind from a different era, and although the characters were thinly sketched, it was the tone, pacing and structure of the film that hurt an already uneven script. Which is a shame, because I think this was a film made with good intentions and no cynicism or egos in the way. Much of it does work well, however, such as images of a battle-strewn Normandy beach and the chemistry between Clooney and Damon, but there's a sense of wonder and awe that's amiss because one thread is never settled upon as the story jumps from character-to-character in quite a choppy fashion. A more serious tone and a neater script would probably have paid narrative dividends, although the commercial viability of a war-time adventure may have made this project more a post-Ocean's caper than something akin to Steven Soderbergh's more leaden The Good German. But Soderbergh's love note to forties Hollywood war movies also missed the mark and Clooney, who also starred in that film, may have deliberately sought a more buoyant and accessible project that retained poignant overtones and some of the verve found in the likes of Von Ryan's Express, The Great Escape, Kelly's Heroes or The Train. Unfortunately, a lack of forward momentum makes too apparent the shortcomings of The Monuments Men, which isn't to say that some scenes don't carry a touch of poignancy and peril, because there are good moments amidst the clutter; in particular, a scene when John Goodman and Jean Dujardin's characters come across a horse in a field and stop their jeep to have a smoke and reflect, unaware of what they're about to encounter. Or the scene in which Bill Murray, in the middle of a shower, hears a recording being played over the camp speakers -- he says nothing, but conveys with his eyes and facial expressions what Clooney lays on just a bit too thick. I was also a bit nonplussed at two, maybe three scenes, in which Clooney decided to portray Hitler doing absolutely nothing, although he may have wanted a touch-point in respect to the Fuhrer, but this really wasn't necessary. Especially with so much going on already. One aspect of The Monuments Men I thought was very, very good is Alexandre Desplat's atmospheric score, which incorporates a march, comic touches and lovely strings in a more coherent way than Clooney was able to on screen.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:02 am

greystoke wrote:
rocknroller wrote:Went to see the monument men last night at the cinema and i really enjoyed it.it will not be a movie for everyone i could see how some people may find it boring if they dont have any interest in WW2.it does have its flaws but over all its a good movie.now im looking forward to seeing the book thief and Stalingrad !!!


I also found The Monument Men to be very flawed, but not unlikeable given the personality of the lead actors and Clooney's eye for composition. The costumes and set design also worked on me and evoked movies of a similar kind from a different era, and although the characters were thinly sketched, it was the tone, pacing and structure of the film that hurt an already uneven script. Which is a shame, because I think this was a film made with good intentions and no cynicism or egos in the way. Much of it does work well, however, such as images of a battle-strewn Normandy beach and the chemistry between Clooney and Damon, but there's a sense of wonder and awe that's amiss because one thread is never settled upon as the story jumps from character-to-character in quite a choppy fashion. A more serious tone and a neater script would probably have paid narrative dividends, although the commercial viability of a war-time adventure may have made this project more a post-Ocean's caper than something akin to Steven Soderbergh's more leaden The Good German. But Soderbergh's love note to forties Hollywood war movies also missed the mark and Clooney, who also starred in that film, may have deliberately sought a more buoyant and accessible project that retained poignant overtones and some of the verve found in the likes of Von Ryan's Express, The Great Escape, Kelly's Heroes or The Train. Unfortunately, a lack of forward momentum makes too apparent the shortcomings of The Monuments Men, which isn't to say that some scenes don't carry a touch of poignancy and peril, because there are good moments amidst the clutter; in particular, a scene when John Goodman and Jean Dujardin's characters come across a horse in a field and stop their jeep to have a smoke and reflect, unaware of what they're about to encounter. Or the scene in which Bill Murray, in the middle of a shower, hears a recording being played over the camp speakers -- he says nothing, but conveys with his eyes and facial expressions what Clooney lays on just a bit too thick. I was also a bit nonplussed at two, maybe three scenes, in which Clooney decided to portray Hitler doing absolutely nothing, although he may have wanted a touch-point in respect to the Fuhrer, but this really wasn't necessary. Especially with so much going on already. One aspect of The Monuments Men I thought was very, very good is Alexandre Desplat's atmospheric score, which incorporates a march, comic touches and lovely strings in a more coherent way than Clooney was able to on screen.


Great post :smt023 spot on with your comments.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:23 am

Saturday night I watched "Dear John" and enjoyed it, but not as much as "Safe Haven". Somehow I'm starting to grow accustomed to Channing Tatum's performances. :shock: :D

Started watching "Veronika Decides To Die" but really wasn't in the mood to continue. Pretty hard stuff.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:06 pm

luckyjackson1 wrote:Saturday night I watched "Dear John" and enjoyed it, but not as much as "Safe Haven". Somehow I'm starting to grow accustomed to Channing Tatum's performances. :shock: :D

Started watching "Veronika Decides To Die" but really wasn't in the mood to continue. Pretty hard stuff.


I quite like Channing Tatum and think he's gradually becoming more assured and able with his performances; especially after Magic Mike, which he also produced. He's worked with Stephen Soderbergh three times, I believe, and has been able to do different things quite well in Magic Mike, Haywire and Side Effects. Even in Dear John, which didn't really win me over, although there's some warm and affectionate acting here and I'm sure Tatum benefited from the direction of Lasse Hallstrom and must have been liked by Soderbergh.

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:14 pm

TCM is having an Oscar month, So I am seeing many classics.

Was stoked to finally see Marty. My dad always loved it. I never saw but just a little piece of it.

It's a brief picture. Didn't expect it to end so abruptly. But perfect in its way.

If you leave aside the dated gender assumptions and the premature aging of everyone, it makes a powerful little message.

When the picture begins, it seems as if Marty is the only unhappy person in his world. By the end, he (and his gal) are the only happy people. Everyone else is not only miserable, but they want to spread around the misery.

Marty escapes. It leaves you feeling good.

But that poor actress must have been ruined by this role! She's portrayed as the ugliest girl in the world. (And she wasn't.)

It was interesting to go back to a time so different from anything I know.

rjm

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Re: last movie you watched

Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:46 pm

rjm wrote:TCM is having an Oscar month, So I am seeing many classics.

Was stoked to finally see Marty. My dad always loved it. I never saw but just a little piece of it.

It's a brief picture. Didn't expect it to end so abruptly. But perfect in its way.

If you leave aside the dated gender assumptions and the premature aging of everyone, it makes a powerful little message.

When the picture begins, it seems as if Marty is the only unhappy person in his world. By the end, he (and his gal) are the only happy people. Everyone else is not only miserable, but they want to spread around the misery.

Marty escapes. It leaves you feeling good.

But that poor actress must have been ruined by this role! She's portrayed as the ugliest girl in the world. (And she wasn't.)

It was interesting to go back to a time so different from anything I know.

rjm

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Marty is a wonderful movie, rjm. It's so very easy to become enchanted by the characters and some great performances; Ernie Borgnine in particular. This was a film that took the public and critics quite unaware in 1955, and still retains that appeal. It's a real gem.

Re: last movie you watched

Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:16 am

greystoke wrote:I think Jonah Hill certainly deserves his second Oscar nomination for a quite fascinating performance in The Wolf of Wall Street. Hill, despite the hair, clothes, glasses and teeth, never once slips into caricature as a highly competitive, ruthless buffoon whose role as a sidekick to Di Caprio doesn't relegate him to an alsoran -- in fact, some of the best and funniest lines in the film are delivered by Hill. Whilst there's an assuredness to his performance that only increased with each audacious scene. Leo is sensational here, of course, and on career-best form along with Hill, who is increasingly interesting and promising as an actor. I still have some reservations about The Wolf of Wall Street, although it is a terrific film. Whilst the characters need not be likeable to be understood or for an audience to follow them; and I didn't actually find Justin Belfort unlikable, simply that I needed more of an avenue into him as a character to draw more from him. Had that been the case, he surely would have been more of a risible character, but Scorsese and Di Caprio revel in his excess and stay on the surface of his wanton behaviour, showing without telling, never painting him or his actions with true or harsh consequences, which is possibly key to this film being so enjoyable and brisk over three hours. However, there's a scene in the film, which I'm sure anyone who has seen it will recall, in which Matthew McConaughey mentors Di Caprio over lunch and through some oddities and physical ticks explains that corporate finance is all "fairy dust" and isn't real or tangible. This scene almost mirrors the movie, itself, with Di Caprio sitting uncomfortably in the role of the audience as McConaughey tells him that its all an illusion -- and that's just what we see in the film. An illusion of excess, told brilliantly; but there are flaws which may not hinder the narrative, but do raise questions upon further examination.


there were better performances than his. the fact this guy was even in a Scorcese movies is a insult. thankfully he won't win.

Re: last movie you watched

Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:20 am

Saw Robocop. Very Dull. a good cast with Sam Jackson, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman. But all of them have been in better movies and given better performances. none of them blow u away but its not their fault. anyone could have played Robocop. The guy they got shows nothing. Abbie Cornish as Robocops wife does a good job and is the heart of of the film. the theatre i saw it in wasn't even half full.Ugh.

Re: last movie you watched

Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:13 pm

DEH wrote:Saw Robocop. Very Dull. a good cast with Sam Jackson, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman. But all of them have been in better movies and given better performances. none of them blow u away but its not their fault. anyone could have played Robocop. The guy they got shows nothing. Abbie Cornish as Robocops wife does a good job and is the heart of of the film. the theatre i saw it in wasn't even half full.Ugh.


When I saw Robocop it was in a very full house, which comprised of quite a few younger kids with their parents. But this film's name, alone, is enough to sell the movie to a certain generation -- although it's been well-marketed despite doing just Ok business. I didn't love the film, but I didn't dislike it either -- but you're right, it needed an injection of adrenaline in places. Although I do think the director, Jose Padilha, did approach the film with good intentions and much reverence for the original movie. What's quite amiss here is a truly scathing brand of satire and a good sense of humour; the latter especially, because the direction and plotting is so straight-laced as to be languid at times. I think the inclusion of Samuel L. Jackson's chat show host was written with those intentions, but it didn't work, in my opinion, and proved more diverting than enlightening. Whilst the same issues hampered a quite bland Alex Murphy, who remained too self-aware despite the mechanisms of Omnicorp. Here, I thought Gary Oldman was very good and approached his role as a Baron Frankenstein-type scientist with some verve, but around him, the likes of Michael Keaton's corporate boss and Jackie Earl Hayley's enforcer/trainer played beyond secondary. Abbie Cornish, who I like as an actress, certainly tried to evoke a strong sense of emotion in her role as Murphy's wife, but this was a bit of a thankless role that she elevated. There were, however, some nice touches and creative moments in the film -- the dream sequence, with Frank Sinatra, was very well done, whilst the use of a mounted camera on the motorbike near the climax added a welcome touch of immediacy. I also expected something else from Samuel L. Jackson, but won't say what I was thinking for the sake of spoiling the film for anyone. Financial success allowing, there's certainly scope for a sequel, but something along the lines of the recent Judge Dredd movie may be more apt. Not that I was wholly enamoured by that film, but it had more cynical tone and better realised themes than Robocop. Plus, it seemed to aspire to less and achieve more into the bargain.

Re: last movie you watched

Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:27 pm

Another one that shouldn't have been rebooted. When we saw that the theatre was less than half full, it wasn't a good sign. Robots have been in movies for a very, very long time. A key influence, from a design and performance perspective, was Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still. Unfortunately like with the remake for The Day The Earth Stood Still, hoping Robocop would live up to the original, it missed the mark and they failed to attract people's attention as they had hoped.

Re: last movie you watched

Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:59 pm

greystoke wrote:
DEH wrote:Saw Robocop. Very Dull. a good cast with Sam Jackson, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman. But all of them have been in better movies and given better performances. none of them blow u away but its not their fault. anyone could have played Robocop. The guy they got shows nothing. Abbie Cornish as Robocops wife does a good job and is the heart of of the film. the theatre i saw it in wasn't even half full.Ugh.


When I saw Robocop it was in a very full house, which comprised of quite a few younger kids with their parents. But this film's name, alone, is enough to sell the movie to a certain generation -- although it's been well-marketed despite doing just Ok business. I didn't love the film, but I didn't dislike it either -- but you're right, it needed an injection of adrenaline in places. Although I do think the director, Jose Padilha, did approach the film with good intentions and much reverence for the original movie. What's quite amiss here is a truly scathing brand of satire and a good sense of humour; the latter especially, because the direction and plotting is so straight-laced as to be languid at times. I think the inclusion of Samuel L. Jackson's chat show host was written with those intentions, but it didn't work, in my opinion, and proved more diverting than enlightening. Whilst the same issues hampered a quite bland Alex Murphy, who remained too self-aware despite the mechanisms of Omnicorp. Here, I thought Gary Oldman was very good and approached his role as a Baron Frankenstein-type scientist with some verve, but around him, the likes of Michael Keaton's corporate boss and Jackie Earl Hayley's enforcer/trainer played beyond secondary. Abbie Cornish, who I like as an actress, certainly tried to evoke a strong sense of emotion in her role as Murphy's wife, but this was a bit of a thankless role that she elevated. There were, however, some nice touches and creative moments in the film -- the dream sequence, with Frank Sinatra, was very well done, whilst the use of a mounted camera on the motorbike near the climax added a welcome touch of immediacy. I also expected something else from Samuel L. Jackson, but won't say what I was thinking for the sake of spoiling the film for anyone. Financial success allowing, there's certainly scope for a sequel, but something along the lines of the recent Judge Dredd movie may be more apt. Not that I was wholly enamoured by that film, but it had more cynical tone and better realised themes than Robocop. Plus, it seemed to aspire to less and achieve more into the bargain.


definately more humor was needed. Sam would have been perfect for that. he is great at bringing humor in to spice things up to relieve tension and keep things moving. he did that perfectly in Django Unchained. they needed a better villian too.

Re: last movie you watched

Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:05 pm

Last night we saw "The Book Thief"
Quite simply put,Brilliant
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Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:39 pm

Started watching "The Tower" (Ta-weo) last night and despite the very special Korean humour enjoyed it so far (although some people said I should skip the first 30 minutes). And Ye-jin Son is really eye candy! :smt007
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Re: last movie you watched

Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:06 am

Dragon dies hard 2/6

Bruce Li dreams that the real Lee is trying to tell him who killed him and Li wants revenge.

I found it meh , no memorable fight scenes.

Chinese Kung Fu vs Godfather 4/6

Naive kid brings package (he's un-aware of it's contents) on a plane from H.K to Amsterdam , needless to say he gets into trouble.

The late Lee Kun (of Big Boss/Fist of Fury fame) plays a skirt chaser who ends up as his friend.

Prolly more of a fish-on-land comedy than hardcore kung fu , great location shooting though.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:09 pm

jak wrote:This old favorite of mine was just released on blu ray recently. Vintage Eastwood is tough to beat. This movie had a great cast and is very enjoyable.

Thats a great film,that also features "Where Do I Go From Here"as its theme song

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:17 pm

Last night we had thechance to see "Nebraska"starring Bruce Dern,one of my favorite films this year so far
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Re: last movie you watched

Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:28 pm

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Before that, Intouchables.

Both most enjoyable.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:53 pm

londonflash wrote:The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Before that, Intouchables.

Both most enjoyable.

Thoroughly enjoyed Besy Marigold Hotel

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Re: last movie you watched

Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:06 pm

"The Shootist" (1976) , Starring John Wayne & Lauren Bacall. (John Wayne's last movie)

JB Books.....what a way to go !

Re: last movie you watched

Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:38 am

TCB-FAN wrote:"The Shootist" (1976) , Starring John Wayne & Lauren Bacall. (John Wayne's last movie)

JB Books.....what a way to go !

Great movie

Re: last movie you watched

Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:26 am

keninlincs wrote:
TCB-FAN wrote:"The Shootist" (1976) , Starring John Wayne & Lauren Bacall. (John Wayne's last movie)

JB Books.....what a way to go !

Great movie



It certainly was. One of Wayne's greatest "swan song" performances. The chemistry between Wayne & Bacall was outstanding. And yes, Jimmy Stewart was also in the movie as JB Brooks' doctor. I believe Bacall received a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting role. Highly recommend.

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Re: last movie you watched

Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:00 pm

TCB-FAN wrote:
keninlincs wrote:
TCB-FAN wrote:"The Shootist" (1976) , Starring John Wayne & Lauren Bacall. (John Wayne's last movie)

JB Books.....what a way to go !

Great movie



It certainly was. One of Wayne's greatest "swan song" performances. The chemistry between Wayne & Bacall was outstanding. And yes, Jimmy Stewart was also in the movie as JB Brooks' doctor. I believe Bacall received a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting role. Highly recommend.

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I always really liked it because it just wasn't a typical western at all. It was a film about some really important issues of life, death, connection. Very different. And excellent.

rjm

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Re: last movie you watched

Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:40 pm

TCB-FAN wrote:
keninlincs wrote:
TCB-FAN wrote:"The Shootist" (1976) , Starring John Wayne & Lauren Bacall. (John Wayne's last movie)

JB Books.....what a way to go !

Great movie



It certainly was. One of Wayne's greatest "swan song" performances. The chemistry between Wayne & Bacall was outstanding. And yes, Jimmy Stewart was also in the movie as JB Brooks' doctor. I believe Bacall received a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting role. Highly recommend.

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A classic always been one of my fav john wayne movies !!!

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:46 pm

keninlincs wrote:Last night we had thechance to see "Nebraska"starring Bruce Dern,one of my favorite films this year so far
After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous old alcoholic thinks he's struck it rich and wrangles his son into taking a road trip across the heartland of America to claim the fortune



Awesome movie. I watched it yesterday.